"Never be afraid to trust an unknown
future to a known God." ~~Corrie Ten Boom
I hope everyone's doing well and able to enjoy some nice
weather... at least sometimes! Right now it's beautiful
but we may get snow here tomorrow. Eeek!
Anyway, I've been working ahead on some story things so wanted
to make this newsletter easy on myself which meant...
tropes! And I ended up focusing on a few of my favorite
things: family, food/drinks, and animals!
More Dyeland Tropes: A Few of My
Looks Like a Sister- Max and JenniAnn occasionally raise
some eye brows since she does look more like his sister than his
mother. But then that happens when your mom is only seven
years older than you... Max is, obviously, adopted.
Practically Different Generations- Not practically...
really. In Andrew's and JenniAnn's brood, Max is a
Millennial (as is JenniAnn, actually), Violeta and Shelby are
Gen Z, and Belle and Avi are Gen Alpha.
the Blood- Lor, Vincent, and Avi all have very similar
personality traits on top of sharing the same physical
characteristics. They're all pretty soft-spoken, bookish,
and intensely loyal to their families though willing to rebel as
gently as possible when those families stand between them and
their romantic interest. Once they fall in love, it's for
This one was subverted. Kind of. While the Nephilim
do exist in the Dyeland universe, they're fully human.
Because it's canon within the Dyeland stories (and my personal
angelology) that angels cannot procreate, half-human, half-angel
beings just don't make sense. Even if the Nephilim are
interpreted as the offspring of demons that still doesn't work
because I fail to see how the acting of Falling would somehow
produce eggs and sperm. So... In the stories, the
Nephilim are those humans who were forced into the demons'
horrific human trafficking operation leading up the Flood.
Basically, the demons were trying to create a master race by
selective (forced) breeding. And the Nephilim
resulted. Thus, the Nephilim are not necessarily
evil. If they aligned themselves with the demons, they
ended up in Sheol for some time. If they aligned
themselves with Reuel's people, they ended up in El-Chanan where
their descendants are still running around. Eleora and her
children with Cody would be descendants of the Nephilim.
And they're perfectly wonderful!
Should Write a Book About This- In "The King," we learn
that Shelby has written down the history of her family.
She and Jacob approach Andrew and JenniAnn with the idea of
giving everyone aliases and publishing the book(s) with
illustrations by Jacob so that others can learn about
Joshua. So... there's a more than good chance that the
Dyeland stories are actually Shelby's The Anam Cara
Chronicles in their initial form before she replaces all
the names and identifying details.
of Tea- It's been brought to my attention that several
non-British characters drink a lot of tea. Well... I
drink a lot of tea. While it's changed somewhat during the
pandemic when I've largely been home with an array of beverage
options, when I worked in my office I regularly drank four cups
of tea every day. So no wonder JenniAnn and several other
characters are known to enjoy a spot of tea. It remains to
be seen how much tea Aziraphale and Crowley, the most
British-esque characters, will drink. But if they're at
Willowveil, they can rest assured that JenniAnn will have an
array of flavors for them to choose from.
Milk Helps You Sleep- While it can, assumedly, be enjoyed
at any time, Maryam's spiced milk most often makes an appearance
when someone either needs to sleep or just calm down. The
exact recipe is unknown. One day I should probably figure
it out although that would require finding out which ingredients
would have been available in first century Galilee.
Sugar Bombs- The Dyeland stories have a running gag that
Joshua really likes Froot Loops. Yes, they're
unhealthy. Yes, they're full of sugar. Yes, I
currently have some and there's a good probability I'll eat them
for breakfast. I just thought it was funny to think of
Joshua having a preference for a kids' cereal and Froot Loops
was chosen just so I could include the line "Froot Loops don't
grow on trees" because I found that very amusing for some
Heartbreak and Ice Cream- In "You'll Never Walk Alone,"
Andrew tells Takoda about how he ate a lot of ice cream during
JenniAnn's and Eliot's relationship. Upset about his own
relationship with Joccy, Takoda then eats three bowls of ice
the Pests- In a bit of life imitates art, JenniAnn became
very fond of some mice that invaded the stable. To keep
her from worrying about them, Andrew built an entire mouse
village near the stable so that the little ones can be safe and
well-fed. And... I'm currently living with five mice who
broke into my house. They now reside in proper tanks with
an abundance of toys.
Animal Disguise- Joshua does this in a manner. While
he does briefly appear in a lion costume for a Halloween story,
in "Chrysalis" he actually becomes a lion named Zmaray. He
does this in order to earn the trust of Salma who, because of
her background with a less than desirable husband and being
trafficked, is reluctant to trust men.
Dog Named "Dog"- Speaking of Zmaray... The name
means lion in Pashto. So, to Salma, Zmaray was a lion
named Lion. For what it's worth, Aslan also means lion.
Animal Metaphor- JenniAnn tries to explain her asexuality
to Andrew by saying she's "a bird who doesn't feel like a
bird." Somehow, he actually manages to follow the
conversation. Perhaps related to that conversation,
Joshua's nickname for JenniAnn is "little bird." It's
maybe no coincidence that Violeta's nickname is Duckling... a
type of little bird... since she's closely aligned with
Stray to Pet- Since the Friends' dogs and cats tend to be
rescues, this could apply to any number of them. But there
was usually an intermediary person such as a local rescue
organization or the Humane Society. However, Reuel
actually did adopt a wild Fennec fox later named Val Jean.
This newsletter is dedicated to John Dye
for making me obsessed with tropes. I mean it is a
harmless diversion... mostly. I suppose they can make me
a bit too analytical but still... fun!
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